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Feb 15

the ProjektList 🚀 2-15-23

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal. Hi all….. middle of February already, wow! This year is coming on fast! Lots of new Projekt musicfor you to enjoy…so much to talk about…

☀️ This is your last call for a name-your-price download on Amongst Jungles, the recent collaboration between Jarguna and Nicola Serena. Grab it during these final days.Tango Mango writes on Bandcamp: “It’s chilled and intricate at the same time. Have to say, Vegetal Sculpture took me way back to Gong/Hillage albums. Bless their socks.” Styles: Electronic, ambient, space music. Dave Aftandilian writes on Bandcamp: “Fascinating ambient visions of a future when the worlds of nature and society become so intertwined that the borders between them disappear. There is some darkness here: shadowed places with unknown, unsavory denizens. But mostly the feeling is exploratory, hopeful, and transformative: warm tears of rain glossing a leaf, dropping to the dirty pavement, then moistening a seed in a crack that becomes a green shoot shining amongst the gray.”

☀️ Last weekend’s Hearts of Space radio show included four tracks from Erik Wøllo’s new album the Shape of Time, as well as a track from Blue Radiance. HOS has an Online subscription thingie.

☀️ Steve Roach’s “Towards the Blue — 2021 Remastered” (from Quiet Music) is the opening track on Spotify’s Ambient 1980s playlist.

☀️ KKUP’s Contemplation Connection played music Peter Phippen, Ivar Lunde, Jr.’s Into the Ancient, Forrest Fang’s Forever Cascades, and Steve Roach’s Ambient Church.

☀️ Peter Phippen has an upcoming show collaborating with Victoria Shoemaker: Horizon Flute School Summit, April 14 – 16 in Hiawatha, Iowa. Details at Peter’s website.

☀️ Phippen, Crawford & Lunde Jr’s Galaxies is available from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, WI, as part of their Sawdust City Sounds program. Check it out (literally!) here.

☀️ 80’s-alternative-themed Sirius XMshow Slicing Up Eyeballs posted about Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Mesmerized by the Sirens Kickstarter, which is almost to the goal with two weeks to go! Support the CD, LP (in two color variations) & MiniDisc.

☀️ An in depthtribute to classic Projekt artist Soul Whirling Somewhere at Svmusica.

☀️ Ashkelon Sain of Trance to the Sun has launched a new darkwave instrumental project named Solara Obscura. A digital single is available, and theyperformMarch 11 at Portland’s Coffin Club.

☀️ Wonderful review of Deepspace’s The Blue Dunes at Exposé Online. “…uniformly excellent, tapping into that subconscious wonderworld of sound that guides the listener along on an explorative floating ambient journey. The Blue Dunes represents a glacial moving sonic sculpture that will quite intentionally alter the listener’s mood and consciousness.”

☀️Erik Wøllo’s the Shape Of Time in Darkroom magazine, Italy

☀️ Great review of Byron Metcalf & Shane Morris’s Ancestral Resonance at Exposé Online. “…dreamy and quixotic, each of the eight long tracks offering a shadowy path through the dark moonlit night, with echoes of mysticism and exotic power that echo primal and hypnotic emotions from deep in the soul. Every additional spin offers further insights into a hidden secret world known only to our distant ancestors. A brilliant and epic journey through the past.”

☀️ Italy’s Hic Sunt Leones released Eight Parts of Reality by AGLAIA, at Bandcamp.

☀️ Peter Phippen’s new album Ghosts is name-your-price at Bandcamp.Samedited avideo with footage of Peter performing “Inside the Underworld” in the studio integrated with cool imagery. video at YouTube:

☀️ Pavel Zelinka’s posted his “40th Anniversary Projekt!” Radio Show. It’s on Český Rozhlas, the public radio broadcaster of the Czech Republic operating since 1923. It is the oldest radio broadcaster in continental Europe and the second oldest in Europe after the BBC! Listen to the Projekt episode of Art Cafe.

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Playlists at Spotify and Soundcloud and Pandoraand YouTube.

Out & upcoming Projekt releases:

Jarguna and Nicola Serena: Amongst Jungles Byron Metcalf & Shane Morris: Ancestral Resonance Peter Phippen: Ghosts Erik Wøllo: The Le Paysage Single Arin Aksberg: It Flows Between Us • March 3

Jan 25

the ProjektList 🚀 1•24•23

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal. Welcome to the ProjektList, my somewhat regular round-up of Projekt-related press, streaming, releases, and concerts.

🚀 Projekt Records turns 40 years old in 2023!

🚀 Projekt Records’ tracks had over 67.5 million streams in 2022!

🚀 Over the past 20 years, Projekt has manufactured 315,920 CDs at Disc Makers. Wow, you all still love physical things!

🚀 Erik Wollo’s The Shape of Time is Projekt’s best selling CD and download this month. Can you do me a favor? Would a few purchasers pop over to Amazon and write a review of the album? It doesn’t need to be journalism, just some positive comments that encourage shoppers to add it to their cart. Write about your reflections on what you like about the album, the mood, how you feel listening to it. That word-of-mouth helps us out. Thanks.

🚀 Erik Wøllo has a video for “The Shape of Time 2” at YouTube.

🚀 Marco of Jarguna opened a label to release music from around the world. His first bandcamp album is Burkina Faso collection Vol​.​1, with singers he recorded in 2008.

🚀 Peter Phippen has two upcoming shows. Peter and Rahbi Crawford: Heart of Winter Concert, January 27 in Viroqua, WI. Peter and Victoria Shoemaker: Horizon Flute School Summit, April 14 – 16 in Hiawatha, Iowa. More details at Peter’s website.

🚀 Schallwende nominations! The soundwave is the German prize for musicians and active people in the field of electronic music. Erik Wøllo nominated in 3 categories and Steve Roach in 1.

I asked Lorenzo Montanà about “Sentiero,” the closing track on his name-your-price album Decorar Silenzio

He replied: ‘Sentiero’ is Italian for ‘Path.’ It’s a mysterious track, a way of inner research, a dreamlike journey inspired by the surrealist atmospheres of David Lynch. In my mind, the song begins walking along an overgrown path in the woods, making one’s way through the branches of trees. At a certain point everything stops, you hear what seems to be footsteps and an indistinct voice speaks but we do not understand. The sense of disorientation increases, until, as in an awakening, a subtle music arrives from far away which takes us back; we awaken far away on a terrace where I imagine two figures dancing on the rooftops to the tune of a melancholy waltz. We are left like this, no longer knowing how to distinguish a vision or a memory from reality.

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Playlists at Spotify and Soundcloud and Pandora and YouTube.

Dec 21

Let me tell you what I’m thankful for…

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal….

Happy winter solstice,

As the year draws to a close, and much of the country is about to be buried under a blanket of Brrrr!! I’m sitting on the edge of my chair thinking about what I’m thankful for. Well, the reason I’m actually on the edge of my chair is because Nova kitty is sitting behind me, hogging most of the space. My office is on what used to the back porch of my house, it’s a bit cold out here, and the chair is near the space heater, and Nova likes the warmth. One of the things I’m thankful for is Nova. She’s 17+ years old, and quite honestly I wasn’t sure she’d make it even two years when I adopted her the day after Xmas 2018. She’s been with me 4 years now! She’s a happy cat, even with her health issues. I released an album of her purrs a couple of weeks ago. I just told my son today: I’m more excited about Nova’s album receiving name-your-price donations than I am when my own albums get donations, crowdfunding & purchases. Not to say I don’t appreciate that too… but Nova’s never had an album before. And your donations are going to buy her favorite treats for months to come. Thank you! She appreciates it. She’d thank you herself, but you know how hard it is to get those little toe-beans aligned properly on the keyboard.

I love paying Projekt artists. It’s true. I love that I’m the middleman / conduit moving money around the world from your heartfelt donations, streams and purchases, into their pockets. There are only a few people on Projekt supporting themselves full time from music. The rest of us create music around our day jobs (my day job is running Projekt). Yes, of course everyone appreciates money! : ) Everyone appreciates being able to buy more gear, treats for their pets, and paying the rent. Whatever it’s going towards, it’s you who make it possible.

This year, Projekt has really gotten behind the name-your-price model on Bandcamp. Those donations often add up to a nice Paypal payment to one of your favorite musicians. You may have noticed that Projekt is bringing new artists to the label. It thrills me to connect you with great new artists and connect them with great new fans!

Right now I’m proofing the audio files on a new album you’ll be hearing very soon. It’s by a 23-year-old musician from Norway. Wow this is good! I can’t wait until you hear it.

I’ve been in COVID lockdown for three years. I have an immunocompromised family member I see regularly, and I would rather not risk it. It’s been nice to keep in touch with so many of you — and so many great artists — via emails and tweets. It’s nice to know you’re out there and that you care! I’m taking a couple weeks off work here, checking email for emergencies of course. On the break I’m going to remix my 1987 album, Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Mesmerized by the sirens. There’ll be a vinyl / CD / MiniDisc release next year. Kickstarter coming in February.

In conclusion, you can be thankful that I’m not asking you to purchase something or grab a name-your-price. : )  This is just a message from me to you. I’d like to write more often, but finding the time. Ah! There’s the problem….. I will try. Stay warm, stay safe, wear a mask, have a great holiday…. I’m looking forwards to lots of new music in 2023… and better days ahead!

Sam  

Dec 12

Projekt Holiday 20% Discount

Projekt Holiday 20% Discount

excludes new, preOrder, & sale items. ends 1-3-23. use checkout code ring-in-23 at projekt.com (not at our bandcamp store)

Dec 08

Paulina Fae: in dreams…

Paulina Fae: in dreams…

by Patrick Ogle

Paulina Fae is a musician and fine artist. There is a dreamlike quality in her work be it aural or imagery. There is something about both that seems to slip through the fingers just as you feel you are about to define it.

“I think there’s a running theme with my music in that the songs are elemental and explorative. There isn’t really one specific thing I’m aiming to communicate; it’s more a ceaseless desire to make and share music, however it may be,” she says.

Fae has been releasing music since 2007 with her discovery of Garageband.

“DAWS were completely new to me. I had no knowledge of the technicalities of mastering songs. I wasn’t sure where I was going with it and was debating whether this was something that I wanted to keep doing as a solo recording artist. But as I experimented and learned, the more I improved. I was playing around mostly with piano and vocals at first. It took trial and error to unfurl the technical issues in finding my sound.”

And that sound is refined and perfected in her latest record, Glow. It calls to mind ambient artists and performers as divergent as Zola Jesus and Kate Bush. The comparisons are specious and only a vague point of reference for the uninitiated; Paulina Fae really sounds like Paulina Fae.

To get to this point she experimented and figured out what worked… and what didn’t.

“The opening song on my debut album Bloodroots was a song I’d written for a friend and fellow music enthusiast who’d passed unexpectedly. It’s called ‘Rachel and Sitka.’ That one I think catapulted me into a song-making obsession. I discovered how exciting it was to create this way, and it opened up a new way of thinking for me. I might remaster some of those early songs one day. Maybe. That first album is no longer available to the public,” she says.

As a kid in the 1980s she wrote songs and lyrics but, as is often the case, had no outlet for them except, as she puts it “hissy tape recordings.” She left music behind and delved into visual arts.

“Eventually I learned how to use Logic Pro, which I started using after my third album. That was a game changer in enabling me to do what I really wanted with my music, to fine-tune and master better than previously,” says Fae.

Her music and art do intersect.

“One complements the other. The visual lends voice and interpretation to the sound and vice-versa. They play off the other, and both forms act as narrator. New directions and ideas pop up. That’s how The Secret Language of Trees happened in 2019-2020,” says Fae. “It’s a ‘graphic novella’ book of 11 lyrical stories intertwined with 11 songs. The drawings evolved with the songs; the songs evolved with the drawings. It was a really exciting project for me. Part of it was planned ahead of time, part of it was spontaneous.”

Fae takes different approaches when writing her songs.

“For the most part I’ll play around on the keyboard, the guitar, the ukulele, or in Logic. A little whisper of something happens, and I build it from there.”

She notes this is similar to how she draws.

“The songs have a will all their own and once they begin, it becomes an obsession to structure and layer in a way that complements the personality of a song. It’s always a journey and I never know what will happen — the possibilities are endless; I like that. It fuels me.”

The latest record, Glow, is, according to Fae, part of a trend toward happier songs and her figuring out how to get the best out of her voice.

“I have more fun making songs these days, a little less frustration. The frustration is still there but not the way it used to be. I play guitar and ukulele and incorporate those sounds into the songs, which I didn’t do before. I play a lot more with the sounds than I used to, organically,” she says.

Like many musicians she looks back at earlier work and wishes she knew then what she knows now but it doesn’t bog her down in creative nostalgia.

“As artists we’re often critical of our own work. But of course, it’s how we progress. I try to honor the earlier work; it’s all connected.” says Fae.

If you are looking to see her live you may need to take a trip to the Land of Nod. She says she hasn’t played live in the earthly realm.

“I mean, I remember a lot of dreams playing live. But playing live here, for real — I haven’t. I enjoy recording and mastering songs, putting them out and then making more songs when I’m ready,” she says. “That’s where I put my energy and time. It’s an invigorating experience, personally. A passion. But the idea of playing live — I’m always open to possibilities.”

To paraphrase Delmore Schwartz, “In dreams begin possibilities!”

Nov 24

Christmas Moments & some sales!

Begin your boozy holiday cheer early with a free 4-song EP from Thanatos! It’s name-your-price at Bandcamp, and it’ll be streaming Friday at Spotify. Sam edited a video of Pat and Sarah singing “All the gifts we got wrong,” playing at YouTube.

Thanatos: Christmas Moments EP Name-your-price at Bandcamp

Christmas means different things to different people. Some folks are religious, some are sort-of-religious and others are not religious at all! Still, there’s a common thread among those who celebrate the holiday — memories, moments, indelible occasions that stand out. It is a time when family and friends come together. A time when strangers are kinder to each other, if they are not wrestling on a Walmart floor over who gets to buy the last My Pal Scout Smarty Paws Customizable Puppy.

Thanatos’ Christmas Moments EP is about Christmas past and the lasting hold they have on our imaginations. On the EP’s two originals, Thanatos’ guitarist/vocalist Patrick Ogle tells heartfelt tales of past memories that are still with us, still living within us. Joined by Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal on electronics, and Faith & the Muse’s William Faith on guitar on one track, the EP is rounded out by two Christmas chestnuts.

Christmas Moments remains true to Thanatos’ penchant for mixing acoustics and electronics while calling to mind Cat Stevens, Al Stewart, and a tiny whiff of Irish Christmas ballads. There is also a whiff of Christmas magic; and by magic we mean bourbon.

Track Listing 1 A Special Gift (Christmas Moments) 2 All The Gifts We Got Wrong (A Christmas Song) 3 O Holy Night 4 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

“All The Gifts We Got Wrong (A Christmas Song)” | YouTube

Take a look at our sale, we’ve got CDs + LPs selling at below our cost to make room in the warehouse! Click for the full list of titles. Sift through the bins and find something cool.

This is a box of 10 CDs selected from Projekt’s Electronic & Ambient titles. Shipping to USA only, available at our Bandcamp.

Nov 22

Darkwave Warehouse Sale.

Take a look at our sale, we’ve got CDs + LPs selling at below our cost to make room in the warehouse! Click for the full list of titles. Sift through the bins and find something cool.

Nov 10

💌 the ProjektList | 11•10•22

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal. Welcome to today’s ProjektList. This is my somewhat regular round-up of Projekt-related press, streaming, releases, and concerts. If you have a question about an order from Projekt.com or our Bandcamp page, reply to this message and Joe will get back to you.<

🌊 LAST CALL!!! It’s the final few days for a name-your-price Bandcamp download on Deepspace’s The Blue Dunes.

MYSTICWOLF75 wrote (on Bandcamp): This is a really beautiful album of floating ambience. The gorgeous opener, “The Blue Dunes”, really sets the mood for the rest of the album and “An Unexpected Shelter” has a real Steve Roach feel to it (and I mean this very complimentary, as I am a huge Steve Roach fan). This will definitely be getting played a lot! Lovely cover art, too! Favorite track: “The Blue Dunes.”

🌊 Soundwave #136 • I created an hour flow of the mood of Projekt — an exploration and overview for listeners discovering the label for the first time.

🌊 Dirk Serries just released The Listening Place, check it out on Bandcamp. A live performance as part of Martina Verhoeven Butterfly Zi’s mindfulness session #6 on October 22, 2022.

🌊 “Emptiness” the 3rd video from Deepspace’s The Blue Dunes is now at YouTube.

🌊 Through his “Gothic Homemaking” YouTube series, Aurelio Voltaire has become a lifestyle guru to people who embrace spookiness in all seasons. Free gift link to the article.

🌊 11-CDs-for-$35 darkwave clearance box. There are 10 of these available on our Bandcamp page. While supplies last.

🌊 The remastered LP of Projekt’s 1995 Excelsis compilation are here to bring you pre-Xmas cheer. Martin Bowes of Attrition (and I) worked on a beautiful, vivid remastering of the album for the LP + CD formats. The LP is available in two lovely colors, 250 per edition, from Projekt’s website and Bandcamp page and also from the European Webstore.

Out now & upcoming Projekt releases

Deepspace: The Blue Dunes • out now Peter Phippen: Woodnotes Wyld: Historic Flute Sounds From The Dr. Richard W. Payne Collection • out now Michael Stearns: Chronos — 2022 Remaster, Original X-86 Ambisonics Mix • out now Forrest Fang: The Lost Seasons of Amorphia • out now Black Tape For A Blue Girl: Bastille Day (Serpent Single) • out now theAdelaidean: In the Key of Sleep  • out now Thanatos: Christmas Moments EP • November 25 Aglaia: Perennial source • December 2

Oct 27

Aurelio Voltaire in the New York Times!

Through his “Gothic Homemaking” YouTube series, Aurelio Voltaire has become a lifestyle guru to people who embrace spookiness in all seasons. Free Link to the article.

Oct 24

the ProjektList • 10-24-22

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal. Hello and welcome to the ProjektList. This is my somewhat weekly round-up of Projekt-related press, streaming, and concerts.

🌕 For the video of Steve Roach’s “Structures from Silence (excerpt)“ (from the new Essentials release), I edited a remix of the 1987 video. Watch on Steve’s YouTube Channel. Download the album at Projekt’s Bandcamp, or stream at Spotify or Pandora. Visit this Facebook post for 40 photos from Steve’s recent concert weekend in Tucson

🌕 The second video from Deepspace’s The Blue Dunes is live at YouTube: “An Unexpected Shelter (excerpt).” The album is name-your-price at the Projekt Bandcamp page. John W. Patterson EER-MUSIC.com writes: ” I have been listening to Deepspace (Mirko Ruckels) since his 2006 release The Barometric Sun. His sound has greatly evolved since then but the quality of his ambient works has only improved over time. This is one of my favorite ambient releases of 2022. It is very calming and meditative and could easily be put on endless loop for a wonderful aural space. “Emptiness” is well worth the price of admission – but every track is wonderful. This belongs in the collection of every fan of beatless, non-rhythmic, enveloping soundscapes type of ambient music. Well done, Mirko!”

🌕 YouTube video interview with Scott & Melissa of Lovesliescrushing on Among the Clouds episode 9.

🌕 Flautist Peter Phippen performs with flautist Victoria Shoemaker at the Pumpkin Parade October 29 in Eau Claire, WI. More info at Peter’s website. Watch a 5-minute-snippet at YouTube from Peter’s recent improvised performance with his son, Joshua Daby.

🌕 David Sylvian posted an incredible 40-minutes of raw footage from the 1983 Brilliant Trees sessions, on YouTube.

🌕 O Yuki Conjugate celebrate their 40th anniversary with a Bandcamp name-your-price download featuring a live track from each of the last 4 decades.

🌕 Lorenzo Montanà release a name-your-price download at Bandcamp with 3 reworkings of a track from Slowaves (2017) from slow acid techno, to more afro beat groove and a deep ambient vision.

🌕 Dirk Serries performs a solo ambient performance this Thursday, October 27, at the Hundred Years Gallery in London.

🌕 Thanatos’ Pat Ogle’s 3-day tour has begun. Thanatos Comes Alive! Acoustic shows. Upcoming: Tues Oct 25 at Small’s in Detroit. Wed, Oct 26 at Gman Tavern in Chicago. Full details at Thanatos website.

🌕 Is it to early to Xmas? In 2021 the remastered LPs of Projekt’s 1995 Excelsis compilation arrived soooooo late that we didn’t have a chance to promote them. So here we are, bright and early with our pre-Xmas cheer. Available as a remastered LP + CD. The LP is available in two lovely colors, 250 per edition, from Projekt’s website and Bandcamp page and also from the European Webstore.

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Playlists at Spotify and Soundcloud and Pandora and YouTube.

Out now & upcoming Projekt releases

Jarguna: My Temple 2 • out now Steve Roach: Essentials 1984-2004, Space And Time • out now Deepspace: The Blue Dunes • out now Peter Phippen: Woodnotes Wyld: Historic Flute Sounds From The Dr. Richard W. Payne Collection • October 28 Michael Stearns: Chronos — 2022 Remaster, Original X-86 Ambisonics Mix • November 4 PreOrder Forrest Fang: The Lost Seasons of Amorphia • November 4 PreOrder Thanatos: Christmas Moments EP • November 25

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